Lear textile art selected for national juried show


NATCHITOCHES – Phyllis Lear’s mixed media textile work titled, “Not One Woman,” was accepted into the national art quilt exhibition, “Ties That Bind.” The exhibition runs through the end of March 2019 and is housed at Gallery One in Ellensburg, Washington.


Lear is an assistant professor of art at Northwestern State University. “Ties That Bind” is a juried competition with works chosen from across the nation.


“Janson’s, “History of Art (© 1973),” was my undergraduate textbook for both Art History 1 & 2. There is not one-woman artist in the entire book. There are lots of images of female nudes – like Ingres’, “Odalisque”cut from the book and incorporated into the piece,” Lear said.


“When I think of the young, 20-something-year-old woman I was, studying from this book – memorizing every male artist that ever lived, and was living at the time, and thinking that this was ‘real’ art – I feel betrayal and deep sadness. I did not learn of Miriam Schapiro, Judy Chicago, Faith Ringgold, Bettye Saar, Helen Frankenthaler or any of the other fabulous female artists, living or dead, until I graduated and began studying independently.  Needless to say, I do not use any edition of Janson’s, “History of Art,” as the textbook for any of my courses.


Information on the exhibition can be found here: http://www.gallery-one.org/events/2019-march-exhibition/